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EMI share options - perks and pitfalls

Jessica Nugent
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Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) share option schemes have always been popular with employers and employees as a tax-efficient way for employees to share in the growth in value of the company for which they work.  They are becoming...

Significant reforms to UK insolvency Law: Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020

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On 25 June 2020, the long awaited Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) received royal assent and came into force on 26 June 2020. In the few months prior to its inception, the Act has been adapted to support businesses suffering from...

Coronavirus: the Government's Future Fund scheme has provided £236 million in funding so far - is your company eligible?

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According to figures released this week by HM Treasury, a total of 623 applications have been made under the government’s Future Fund scheme which opened for applications on 20th May 2020. Under the Future Fund scheme, government funding is available...

A guide to opening your restaurant, cafe or pub after the coronavirus lockdown, 4 July

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An earlier version of this article first appeared in the June edition of The Caterer  Whatever happens next will be very different, now is the time to precision plan your opening. Significant changes to lockdown restrictions for hospitality...

Gaming, Gamification and the Real Estate Sector - PropTech

Chris Barkley
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Chris Barkley's article first appeared in the June print edition of Property Investor News Hundreds of millions of people on the planet are now regularly playing online games with numbers set to increase exponentially. The UK is already starting...

Residential landlords - staying on top of the recent changes to residential property regulations

Chloe Benson
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The last three months have been challenging for residential property landlords, many of whom are juggling uncertain income with rapidly changing residential property regulations, most of which have been designed to protect residential tenants. This article...

Coronavirus: Force majeure checklist for business to business contracts governed by English law

Catherine Hayes
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Contractual performance is under the spotlight as the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, sweeps across the globe. As a result many businesses are considering what happens if they or another business are unable to meet their contractual obligations. For...

Commercial tenants - collaborate and negotiate to protect yourself

Chloe Benson
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It has been a busy and stressful two weeks for everybody, especially for landlords and tenants.  On 20 March the government ordered all bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs and gyms to close.  The following Monday, on 23 March the government announced a...

Leases: Making the move from conflict to collaboration

Tristan Wark
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This article first appeared in Estates Gazette . The past decade has seen great efforts made across the property industry to streamline the commercial lease negotiating process. Some landlords, tenants and their respective solicitors have become less...

Directors' duties in troubled times - updated 2 April

Jessica Nugent
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When a company is solvent and business is good, the company and its directors owe fairly limited duties to creditors (save, of course, for contractual obligations).  Directors must act in the best interests of the company at all times and must promote...

Coronavirus - a summary of Government support for employers and businesses

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The UK Government has created a package of support to help employers and businesses. Our summary of the main elements is now available to download . Our summary was last updated on 25 March 2020....

Coronavirus - a checklist for business

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Many of us are already experiencing severe challenges and almost all of us are likely to do so in the coming days and weeks ahead due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus (COVID-19).   So, what should you be doing now to be prudent and to...

Forfeiting a commercial property lease? Watch Chloe Benson's 3 minute video guide, real estate dispute resolution

Chloe Benson
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Chloe Benson in Goodman Derrick's Real Estate Dispute Resolution team focuses on three important points for landlords to think about before deciding on whether or not to forfeit a lease of commercial premises: 1. Practical considerations 2. Legal...

WeWork woes highlight need for rethink of leasing model, Dominic Whelan writes for Property Week

Dominic Whelan
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Dominic Whelan's article was first published in Property Week , on Thursday 7th November It seems impossible to discuss the flexible workspace market without mentioning WeWork. The international operator and London’s largest private occupier...

Construction - limits on liquidated damages provisions

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Commonly construction contracts include liquidated damages (“LDs”) provisions, which are fixed or determined sums agreed by the parties to a contract that are payable on breach of contract. In a construction context, they are generally payable by...

How much is a hotel worth?

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Jonathan Harris of boutique property advisory practice HarJoh provides some hard-won insight to answer this seemingly simple question. The start and end point is “Market Value”, as defined in the RICS Global Standards - “The Red...

Property development nightmares - help to avoid unwanted site surprises

Dominic Whelan
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Dominic Whelan's article was first published in Construction News Halloween is that time of year where we try to scare our friends and families with gruesome tales and surprises.  Developers often have their own scare stories to pass on to the...

12 tips for retailers to ensure merry Christmas trading

Rosie Davies
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Rosie Davies' article was first published in CWB Magazine , on Tuesday 29th October. Retailers are approaching their busiest time of year with the run-up to Christmas and the sale period that follows. But is there anything that retailers should...

Are you ready? Regulatory reform continues in the Private Rented Sector

Lauren Fitzpatrick
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Landlords in the private rented sector have seen a raft of regulatory changes following the introduction of the Deregulation Act 2015.  Many landlords have adapted to those changes already but the regulatory landscape continues to evolve. This...

Tree Preservation Orders - ignore them at your peril

Dominic Whelan
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This article first appeared in Estates Gazette , 6  July 2019. Who would think that pruning a tree could trigger a claim under the Proceeds of Crime Act? Certainly not the homeowner in Canford Cliffs, near Poole in Dorset who was...

Landlords, operators and the inherent tension in the Electronic Communications Code 2017

Susie Prowse
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With mobile connectivity an increasingly critical part of modern life and business, the Electronic Communications Code both replaces the 1984 Telecommunications Code, and aims to facilitate the expansion of the mobile phone network, particularly the...

6 tips that will help mortgage lenders avoid enforcement disputes

Nick Cook
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As a bank or building society you know just how much effort is needed to bring possession proceedings against a borrower who has defaulted on their mortgage repayments.  To try and help you avoid finding yourself in that position here are 6 tips we...

Clarity is key: Overage Agreements

Dominic Whelan
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A version of this article first appeared in Estates Gazette . Overage (or “clawback”) agreements are seen as complex and full of hidden traps. Ironically, the commercial rationale for agreeing them is often very simple. Overage is a...

How to ensure you have the necessary rights of way for your development site

Hannah Rosenthal
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Good sites with development potential are hard to find. They are often complex and their viability may rely on access that is granted by another landowner. Hannah Rosenthal in our Real Estate Development team looks at three examples of the law as it relates...